opioids from inside 

Women in Prison

There is a person’s story behind every opioid addiction. And each story of addiction has a ripple effect. Opioids From Inside follows the journey of three women, all mothers, who have served time in New York State jails for opioid-related crimes. Growing up, these women dreamed of having a family, a career. None of them dreamed of being an addict. Told in the first person the film follows the story arc of their life before drugs, the power of the drugs that took over their lives, and the effect addiction had on their families especially their children. We hear how trust of family members was lost over time as the addiction took hold. We feel the frustration, anger, and heartbreak. Interviews with experts help to contextualize what we’re seeing, that these are not isolated stories but are symptomatic of the unraveling of communities. These women are not simply addicts, they are mothers and daughters, they are loved and feared, they are abusers and victims, but most of all, they are humans.


  • PBS, WXXI 2018
  • PBS, World Channel, 2018
    (world is a wgbh/wnet digital channel)





  • Emmy for Directing 2019
  • Emmy nomination for Producing 2019
  • Emmy nomination for Photography 2019
  • Emmy nomination for Editing Program 2019
  • Bronze Telly for Television Documentary 2019